1963 Ford 300
This 1963 Ford 300 is a very rare two door base model and it was originally built with a 406 cubic inch engine that was rated at 405 horsepower. It was one of the last 406 cars built before the introduction of the 427 and it was built on January 24, 1963 in Los Angeles California. It’s Raven Black and it is equipped with a 4-speed transmission, 4.11:1 gears, a factory “Tear Drop” fiberglass hood, and a base interior in blue. Very few 300 models were built with the top of the line 406 engine. The majority of the 406 engines were installed in the more expensive Galaxie. It’s estimated that less than 50 300’s were built with the 406 engine.
Despite the fact this this is an extremely low production model, the owner wanted something a little different and a little more powerful. The original 406 engine is safe on a display engine stand while a larger 427 engine now occupies the engine compartment.
But this is no ordinary 427 Ford engine, its an exotic drag racing designed “Cammer” 427 engine. Similar in design to those used by drag racing greats such as Dyno Don Nicholson and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, this Cammer is built for serious street use. It’s a perfect fit under the factory fiberglass “Tear Drop” hood, and with its utilitarian appearance this 300 looks very unassuming.
This car was in the MCACN Real Day 2 Invitational display in 2016. I was honored to have the opportunity to sponsor this Day 2 display at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.
This Ford 300 Cammer has been restored by Super Car Workshop. I can’t describe the high level of restoration quality that the crew at Super Car Workshop has performed on this car. You have to see it for yourself. I am always so impressed with their work that you should take a look at some of their projects when you have time.
This Ford 300 has participated with the Good-Guys meet and it is always visible at local car shows and cruise nights. With the hood closed, this 300 looks innocent, but when that hood opens up, its almost as if the engine snarls at you. What a sleeper!
Photos and Text by Dr. Pete